In A Vacuum

You hear what you want

Without dissenting voices

Everything is true

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n.b. If we only connect with those we agree with we learn nothing. How do we connect with those we stand opposite to in opinion and belief?

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CLP 09/08/2019

On Relection

Glass mirrors times past

What is new that you see there?

Open the window

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n.b. El Presidente visited El Paso and said to the press corps, “I wish you could have been there to see it.”

What did he mean, the appalling damage caused by a single young man with a rifle? No, he meant the respect shown to the Office of President of the United States of America. Sad.

CLP 08/08/2019

Under A Cloud

Wind chimes resonate

With whispers from weary leaves

Tears flood the desert

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n.b. Texas has a complicated history; a place of moving people, territorial disputes, economic and political upheaval. More than 10,000 years of identifiable settlement, a piece of land with an ever-changing cast and shifting borders.

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CLP 07/08/2019

Lost in the Supermarket

They just went shopping.

Tell me, what is wrong with that?

May they rest in peace.

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n.b. There are at least 150 gun manufacturers in the USA according to Wikipedia.

Every mass murder leads to more gun sales, as people driven by fear, arm themselves just in case they need to defend themselves when they decide to nip down to the shops.

n.n.b. I have taken this title from The Clash album, ‘London Calling”.

CLP 06/08/2019

In the Bus Queue

A one act play for three voices in 17 syllables.

Oh no! It’s raining!

Yes, after such a bright dawn.

Really? I slept in.

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CLP 04/07/2019

On Misunderstanding

(A one act play for two voices in 17 syllables)

You misunderstand.

I am not missing the point

You are. I am not.

CLP 03/08/2019

In Storage

Everything is there

If possessed by possessions

Throw away the key

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CLP 02/08/2019

Glass Half-Full

You always insisted

The glass was near half-empty

So kept topping up

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n.b. If someone’s glass is always half-empty it means that someone is steadily drinking the top half. Best to let them choose to finish it, or re-fill it themselves.

CLP 01/08/2019

On Earth

Filled creases, smudged prints

Under nails, cuticles clogged

Hands that work the land

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CLP 31/07/2019

On The Front Foot

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Eyes level, focus

Backlift, then swing through the line

Lead with head, not foot

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n.b. If a batsman always leads with the front foot there is the serious risk of being yorked by the bowler adjusting the length of a delivery to pitch the ball underneath the bottom of the bat. What a good batter does is watch each ball’s line and length and play each delivery on its merits, whilst taking into account the match situation.

n.n.b. Alexander “Boris” Johnson, currently Her Majesty’s Prime Minister and Minister for The Union, prattles on about being on the front foot all the time. He purports this to mean he is being positive and setting the tone. Superbia et ante ruinum exaltatur, as they said in Rome, before it fell.

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CLP 27/07/2019